What You Should Know About Someone Before Meeting Up for a Date

It’s unfortunately essential in this day and age to memorize a few critical details before the big meeting.


There’s nothing quite like the rush of excitement that you get when you go on a first date with somebody that you really like. But, when you’re planning to meet up with somebody for a date for the first time, whether you met them on an online dating service or in-person, it’s important to carefully consider what you should know about somebody before you start dating them. Gathering critical information on somebody is important for your safety and will help you give your date the best shot possible.

While meeting somebody new can be fun, it’s important to bear in mind that there are some dangerous people out there who actively trick people who are simply looking for a nice date, so being knowledgeable and aware of who you spend your time with is crucial. While having to be cautious about your safety when dating isn’t really fair, it’s unfortunately essential in this day and age to memorize a few critical details before the big meeting.

Their Last Name:

Knowing somebody’s full name is an important step for your personal safety before you meet up with them. You never know what could happen, either good or bad, particularly if you have never met a person in real life before. Knowing their full name will make it easier for you to hold them accountable if they do something unacceptable or put your safety at risk. In addition, it will also make it easier for you to conduct a search on them to find out any information that might be important, such as if they have ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime. You can do this using their full name to conduct a records search at publicrecordsreviews.com where you can find public records including arrest records, birth records, marriage records, and more.

What They Look Like:

If you’re meeting somebody for the first time, you’ll want to know what the person you’re meeting with looks like. This allows you to easily approach them on your first date and save yourself the embarrassment of mistaking somebody else for them or aimlessly looking around for somebody else who also appears to be waiting for somebody. Confirming their appearance also reduces your risk of getting catfished and ending up trying to get out of date with somebody who looks absolutely nothing like what you were expecting. A good way to do this is to ask them to video call with you before the meetup.

Where They Work:

Finding out where somebody works can be another safety step to take so that you can hold them accountable if they do something untoward, and of course, finding out about their job can be a good way to get a conversation started. If you’ve met somebody on an online dating service initially, finding out where they work could help you verify that they are, in fact, a real person - you can check their company’s website to see if they are listed as working there or find them on LinkedIn. In some cases, you might know people who work at the same company as them, which gives you a chance to find out more about them from somebody else to figure out more about what they are like before meeting.

Their Phone Number:

If you’ve met somebody on a dating app, they might not see any messages that you send right before you meet up with them, which could lead to an awkward situation if something comes up last minute and you end up running late or need to reschedule. Reaching somebody by text message or giving them a quick call is probably one of the most effective ways of communicating with somebody when you are planning a date, so it’s a good idea to exchange your phone numbers before you meet up in real life.

Where They Went to School:

Many people enjoy talking about their college experience, so if you’re about to meet up for a date with somebody who went to university, it’s a good idea to find out where they attended school by either asking directly or doing some digging into their past. Not only can this help you to verify that they are who they say they are, for example, if they are listed as a past student on the college website, but you’ll also have plenty of conversation starters to choose from when it comes to their studies, extra-curricular activities that they enjoyed or any other experiences that they had at school.

Before you meet up with somebody that you met online, it’s a good idea to gather some information that helps you verify that they are who they say you are, keeps you safe, gives you some topic ideas for conversation and helps you get more excited about your upcoming date.

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